2017 Bonus Friday STEM Event

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory has graciously offered an inside look into one of their cutting edge space missions, Parker Solar Probe, for MTI teams, their supporters and MTI volunteers. For a quick overview check out the PSP video. Here the mission is described using gifs: NASA Record Breaking Sun Surfing Mission.

Come learn about the science mysteries NASA hopes to solve when the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft "touches" the sun and about the ground breaking technology that is making the mission possible.

This program is scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 on Friday June 23, 2017 at the Kossiakoff Center at JHU Applied Physics Lab. Pre-registration is required.

Program description:

Many of us here in the US will have an opportunity this summer to witness the first solar eclipse visible here in almost 100 years. The part of the Sun that is still visible during the eclipse is the corona. During a total solar eclipse this is the only time you can see the corona with the naked eye. This region is the outer atmosphere of the sun and it is actually hotter there than the surface of the Sun. It is over 300 times hotter! Now imagine flying a spacecraft through that region and taking data at the same time… sound like science fiction? Not any more, it’s about to become a reality.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission is about to embark on a historic journey to our very own star, the Sun. At the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland the spacecraft is currently being built and tested to get ready for launch in the summer of 2018. Parker Solar Probe is a mission of extremes and will plunge through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions—and ultimately providing humanity with the first-ever close-up view of a star. Parker Solar Probe is part of NASA’s Living With a Star program to explore aspects of the sun–Earth system that directly affect life and society.

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Right after the PSP presentation, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, the Parker Solar Plus team will have their Hololens augmented reality system at the Kossiakoff Center for attendees to try. You will be able to walk around and through the Solar Probe spacecraft. This technology is transforming the way engineering teams collaborate.

In conjunction with the Hololens demonstration we will be offering Hardware Inspections. This will help make your Saturday morning more relaxing. If you would like to go through hardware inspection on Friday afternoon you must Sign Up. We have to have this information in advance so we can take those teams who are inspecting on Friday off the Saturday hardware inspection schedule.

NOTE - All field inspections, including sizing, will be on Saturday morning.